“There were professional clubs asking for him at under 10s & 11s, but fair play to James and his parents, he wanted to stay at Ossett Town and play football with his mates. After the Under 12 season, we had a couple of discussions with his parents, James had a choice of clubs to go to, and we said that the time was right for him to move on. James needed better coaching and also playing with kids of similar ability, the training and coaching we were doing with the rest of the squad was not challenging James enough”.
Chairman James Rogers was Chairman of the Junior setup when Bree was there, Rogers says “It's a great credit to the club to see a player like James Bree progress as he has done. We strive to provide players with the development and training that will further their footballing ability and when we see exceptional talent like we did with James, it is important that we recognise that player’s interests are best served by moving up in the world of football”.
“Junior football is the lifeblood of grass roots football and absolutely crucial to supporting any progressive football club. I'm really pleased and proud that at Ossett Town we have one of the best junior setups around”.
Rigg has loads of memories of Bree’s time at Ossett Town “He came with us to Holland in 2010 at under 12’s, during one match he scored an overhead kick similar to Wayne Rooney’s against Man City, everyone of all nationalities stood and applauded him. It went straight in the top corner, he came over to me at half time and said ‘was it any good? I never saw it go in cos I was facing the other way’, I replied ‘yeah, not bad kid’”